[ Lord Marchmont on the anti-Catholic ('No Popery') agitation of Lord George Gordon and the Protestant Association. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Marchmont') to an unnamed recipient, giving advice for 'every Friend to our Constitution'.

Author: 
Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont [ Lord Marchmont; in youth styled Lord Polwarth ](1708-1794), Scottish politician, Governor of Bank of Scotland [ Papists Act, 1778; Lord George Gordon ]
Publication details: 
London; 6 February 1779.
£135.00
SKU: 19654

2pp., 4to. Bifolium, docketed on reverse of second leaf 'Popish Bill'. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins with reference to the giving of the recipient's 'Directions' to 'the Gentleman', before turning to the anti-Catholic agitation: 'As I never heard of the allarm [sic] taken about Popery, but from the News Papers, I took it to be a thing little attended to. I am assured no step is to be taken in the matter this Session. It is therefore the business of every Friend to our Constitution to prevent the Protestants from being deceived into any Acts of violence. For this is visibly the wish of the Popish, & nothing else can disgrace the laudable zeal that our people have shewn, to require that a subject so truely essential to our Revolution Establishment should be treated without levity, & touched with the most delicate hand.' He turns to 'the Writ for our County'. The letter concludes with reference to 'R: Carre', Marchmont's 'Friends Brother', who has called on him, 'so changed I did not know him till he spoke, & as wretched in the appearance as a common Beggar. [...] He looks as if he were half dead of Want.' He also makes reference to 'Miss Carres & Ninewells'.